Darin McKeever

Darin McKeever

President & CEO, William Davidson Foundation

Darin McKeever is president and CEO of the William Davidson Foundation. A social entrepreneur and expert in global philanthropy, he is helping build a world-class philanthropic organization that honors its namesake and advances the cultural, civic and economic vitality of Southeast Michigan, the State of Israel, and the Jewish community.

Darin joined the Foundation in 2015 as its chief program and strategy officer. In this role, he led the Board of Directors and staff through a strategic planning process that established the organization’s philanthropic goals and methods for achieving them. He created and filled new staff positions for the program, grants management and communications functions, and developed relationships and fostered partnerships with grantees, philanthropists, and other foundations.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Darin worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. There he built and led an international team charged with improving the effectiveness of philanthropy and charities worldwide. Earlier, he served for more than a decade as executive director and co-founder of Heads Up, a provider of academic and enrichment programs that, under his leadership, became the largest AmeriCorps program serving the Washington, D.C. region.

Darin writes and speaks widely about nonprofit management, private foundations, charitable giving, and how trends in technology and transparency are impacting the social sector. His work and ideas have appeared in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Forbes.com, among other publications. He currently serves on the boards of Midtown Detroit, Inc., the Jewish Funders Network, and the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College, with a degree in social studies. He received his master’s in public administration as a Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. A native of Connecticut, he and his wife and daughter live in Birmingham, Michigan.

Pre-conference Session – Greater Good: Lessons from Those Who Have Started Grantmaking Organizations and Reception

Minneapolis Ballroom EFG

New foundations and grantmaking entities (including donor-advised funds, LLCs, and others) face unique challenges in the first years of their giving. Countless donors and staff have sought advice from those who have come before them in areas such as board relations, staffing up, and daily operations. We invite all foundation leaders, trustees, and major donors of entities that have begun their grantmaking in the last 20 years to join an exclusive pre-conference session in which we will explore the findings from a new CEP report on new grantmakers’ best practices, hear candidly from leaders of early-stage organizations, and connect with […]